The best family films coming out this half term

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It’s always a treat when you grab the kids, a huge tub of popcorn and get engrossed in a movie on the big screen. And what better time than February Half Term? The weather outside is cold, the cinema’s warm and cosy, plus there are so many new releases this year – it’s a total no brainer. We’ve rounded up 6 of the best films showing at an intu centre near you! 

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Release date: 24 January

Rating: PG

Cast: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw and  Peter Capaldi as Mr. Micawber

Based on the popular book by Charles Dickens, yet brought to the screen as a comedy drama, this film by Armando Lanucci is a must-see for all the family, with a great storyline following David’s life from young to old, and friends and enemies he meets along the way. There’s also a stellar cast – bonus!

Paw Patrol: Ready, Race Rescue!

Release date: 25 Jan

Rating: U

Your favourite pups have built a race track, and are excited to take part as pit-crew for legendary racer, The Whoosh! However, when their hero is suddenly unable to take the wheel, he calls upon his biggest fan-pup Marshall, to take his place. Get ready for a fast-paced (literally!) movie that’ll have kids on the edge of their seats!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Release date: 31 January

Rating: PG

Cast: Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys

This is a true story about investigative journalist Lloyd Vogel’s real-life friendship with American TV personality and producer, Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. It begins with Lloyd being assigned the job of doing a profile on him; The cynical journalist approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger’s empathy, kindness and decency soon shines through so much that Vogel can’t ignore it any longer… 

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Release date: 7 February 

Rating: U

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland and Jessie Buckley

Based on the widely loved book by Dr Seuss, eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, lives peacefully alone in Dolittle Manor with only his exotic animals for company. But when the young Queen Victoria falls ill, the eccentric Dr, along with his much-loved furry friends, sets sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure. Expect humour, antics, and a heart-warming ending.


Release date:14 February

Rating: PG

Cast: Karen Strassman, Monsieur Poulpe and Davy Mourier

Vladimir, a highly skilled and headstrong secret agent, is watching over some top-secret material: the Radiuzite – which unfortunately is stolen. He is then made to team up with Hector, a rookie agent, who is his total polar opposite; he doesn’t take his job seriously, and wants to play video games and watch soap operas all day long.  The strange team jumps into their investigation headfirst inside a hospital, where their aim is to find the stolen Radiuzite. Along the way, they also discover the truth about a climate threat which endangers species on the brink of extinction.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Release date: 14 February

Rating: U

Cast: Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Ben Schwartz

Everyone’s favourite Hedgehog is back, this time in film format, with a new adventure for us to enjoy. The bright blue character from Sega’s blockbuster video game sets out to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman, with his new human best friend, Tom Wachowski.